Project Table Runner
Since I was waiting for the material for the throw I decided to do a table runner thinking it would be quick.
It is sorta quick. I made the 12 quilt blocks in one day. On Sunday I laid them out and stitched them up. Added 6the borders and was ready to quilt.
One week later and I am still quilting. I've accomplished about 50% of the actual quilting.
I've chosen to quilt the strips on the blocks first using clear upper thread and lower bone thread.
Then I did a semi circular pattern with spokes radiating out like a fan.
After that I did diamonds. For the panels radiating upwards I created a diamond block at a 45 degree angle. The blocks with horizontal panels I used a 60 degree angle.
The overall dimensions should be around 25 inches by 74 inches. A nice size in blue, greens, reds and browns.
I am so enjoying the quilting on my little Brother Runaway. Yes if I had a longarm quilting machine I could quilt a lot faster. Just don't have the money to purchase one. Maybe another day.
Here is the a picture of the back.
As I was quilting it dawned on me I could be running my embroidery machine at the same time. It usually requires some set up and not a great deal of attention.
It did when I first started embroidery. I often lost needles and had multiple issues. Part of that was the PE800. Now it is working I just need to listen to its rhythm, set up materials or change thread. It doesn't take much attention away from the table runner. The savior of my issue was the Embroidex Adjustable Single Thread Spool Holder.
I chose to make coffee coasters with brown felt since it is for coffee The felt is backed with cotton batting over a water soluble stabilizer. That way it would wash away and I wouldn't need to cut too close to the final edging (not stitched in the photo below.)
I'll have more on the table runner and the coasters next week.
I'm still looking for a photographer to take more professional pictures of my final product. Since I make only one off products I am reticent to mail it off to a photographer. I tried some local photographers unsuccessfully. Probably too small for busy professional photographers. I'll try the local college.
If you have any more ideas let me know.
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